Several recent Open Country posts have illustrated just how appealing conservation funding is to politicians looking to balance budgets. Because the majority of those in office lack an outdoors background, they think nothing of dipping into conservation coffers. This not only hurts programs like the Farm Bill that are critical for conservation, but it also has direct impacts on the state agencies that manage fish and game populations. Agency budgets have been cut almost across the board. If we are to expect the same level of service and opportunity, the slack must be picked up. And that's an opportunity for us, as hunters and anglers, to give back to the world we take so much enjoyment from. And it also sends a pretty clear message to the powers in charge that hunters and anglers are willing to work, fight, and represent our interests.